The Florida Democratic Party and two liberal groups have been accused of voter-registration fraud, according to the Florida Department of state, which is not releasing the complaints to the public.
The department has forwarded the complaints against the Democrats, the Florida New Majority Education Fund and La Raza/Democracia
USA to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
FDLE is already investigating he Strategic Allied Consulting firm hired by the Republican Party to conduct voter-registration activities in Florida and other states. About 10 county elections supervisors have voiced concerns about the registrations collected by Strategic Allied Consulting, which has since been fired.
Neither agency would comment on the extent of the new allegations or how many voter registration forms it involves.
One of the new complaints was filed in Republican-heavy Lee County, Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington confirmed to the Associated Press. She refused to answer any other questions.
Three La Raza-linked registration cards were flagged as suspect last month by Miami-Dade's election department. La Raza said in a statement that at least two of those three forms (all involving the same family members) appear to have been processed.
Miami-Dade's elections office also found five suspect Republican-paid registrations.
The Democratic Party, which has recently been gloating about the misfortunes of the Republican Party, found the timing of the recent complaint suspicious.
“We have no information to suggest that any of our volunteers registered
a person known to be ineligible," spokeswoman Brannon Jordan said. "Our volunteers go through a rigorous
and extensive training process to ensure they comply with all laws when
registering voters. We will continue to take every step to abide by
every applicable rule and regulation."
Update: The New Majority Fund responds: "To date Florida New Majority Education Fund has not been contacted by any state official regarding our voter registration program. We stand ready to assist with any inquiries, should they come. Florida New Majority Education Fund has rigorous quality control processes in place to ensure our registrations are fully compliant with all applicable laws. We have registered nearly 10,000 new Florida voters. We will continue to push forward with our efforts through the October 9 voter registration deadline."
La Raza responds: "At
this time, NCLR has not been notified of this allegation by the Florida
Department of State or any other state agency involved in this
process. NCLR is both deeply
concerned and frustrated that the Department of State saw fit to send
this email message after their offices were closed for the day, and on
the eve of a holiday weekend, thereby depriving NCLR of the opportunity
to request additional information, determine
the specific issue, and get to the bottom of the situation."
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.